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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #12 & #11


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

12.  Implements of Destruction – Chimaira

For the first minute and 20 seconds, the song starts off sounding like it is going to remain a bit flowery, then it takes on a much more sinister tone incorporating speed and thrash with lengthy, frequent guitar solos.  In essence, you get a little taste of the many different tempos and styles Chimaira puts into their songs rolled up into one prolonged instrumental song.  This clip comes from their very well produced DVD Coming Alive.

11.  Genesis – Ghost

For many reasons, I really enjoy Ghost’s music to include their stage presence.  Genesis off of the Opus Eponymous album I thought was interesting because it sounds like it could be the song during the closing credits of a movie like Salem’s Lot or Phantasm.  It has a consistent rhythm and also sounds like it could have been recorded during the era of both of the movies I mentioned…a bit of retro appeal.

Album Review: Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls


Judas-Priest-Redeemer-of-SoulsRecord Label: Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Release Date: 8 July 2014

Songs:  18 (on deluxe edition)

Length: 84 minutes (deluxe edition)

Style:  It’s Judas Priest

Albums:  Seventeen

Nationality:  United Kingdom

For fans of: Metal

What is there to say about such a storied band?  Formed in the sixties and still kicking it Judas Priest style.  They sound great, that’s for sure.  I have read a few things about how “heavy” this album would be, but personally it just sounds like Judas Priest.  There are some moments heavier than others, but nothing that supersedes the high-octane of Freewheel Burning, Ram It Down, or Painkiller.  The lack of those types of songs doesn’t make Redeemer of Souls any less satisfying.  In fact, the album is quite satisfying and highly representative of what you would expect from the band.  It’s all around heavy, rhythmic, and energetic. Read the rest of this entry

Tales from Bandcamp: Aura by Saor


a1739750011_10Rolling hills, mystical lakes, breathtaking valleys, etc.  All those wonderful things you think of when you think of the Hinterlands of Scotland are magnificently personified through the music of one man band Saor.  Heavy on the awe and wonder of nature this atmospheric blend of folk and black metal simply awes.  The folksy layers build a shamanistic sense of wonder while the flurries of the black metal make you feel as if you are a fallen leaf being carried along gusts of wind down and out of the majestic Scottish landscapes.

To say Saor’s recently released album Aura is anything less than a masterpiece would be a gross understatement.  With production that sounds both sharp yet maintains that warm tone I look for in my ‘nature metal’ and songs that are as engaging as they are epic this is one record that you can not miss this year.  If bands like Moonsorrow, Panopticon, Vintersorg, or Wolves in the Throne Room do wonders to your ear drums, I implore you to click the play button of the Bandcamp stream below.  And, as always if you like what you hear, which I’m sure you will, click that buy button.  Let us know how much you loved the album in the comments!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

For more Saor give ‘em a ‘like’ on Facebook, check out the equally awesome debut record Roots on Bandcamp, and get tons of other info on the official site.

Roundtable Review: Adaptation by Noctooa


a0233950795_10Label: Pesanta Urfolk

Release Date: 15 May 2014

Songs: 10

Length: 51 minutes

Genre: Dark Neoclassical Folk

Studio Albums: This is their debut album

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Album Review: 1000Mods – Vultures


CoverRecord Label:  The Lab Recs

Release Date:  30 May 2014

Style:  Sludge/Stoner/Psychedelic

Songs:  8

Time:  39 Minutes

From:  Greece

Studio Albums: 2011 – Super Van Vacation

For fans of:  Kyuss, Monster Magnet, Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer Read the rest of this entry

Roundtable Review: Emanations by Serpentine Path


a0252471896_10Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: 27 May 2014

Songs: 7

Length: 45 minutes

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

Studio Albums: Serpentine Path (EP), 2012

Location: USA

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Roundtable Review: The Beast of Left and Right by Lazer/Wulf


PromoImageLabel: Retro Futurist Records

Release Date: 15 July 2014

Songs: 9

Length: 50 minutes

Genre: Experimental Prog Metal

Studio Albums: There was a hole here. It’s gone now (EP), 2012; The Void That Isn’t (2009)

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Retro Roundtable Review: Adrenaline by Deftones


Adrenaline-Cover-300x300Label: Maverick

Release Date: October 1995

Songs: 11

Length: 48 minutes

Genre: Nu Metal

Studio Albums: This was their first of seven studio albums

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